Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty in Atlanta-area Spa Shootings That Killed 8

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  • Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty in Atlanta-area Spa Shootings That Killed 8” – below is their description.

    A man accused of killing eight people, six of them women of Asian descent, in shootings at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted Tuesday on murder charges by two separate grand juries, and one prosecutor filed notice that she’ll also seek hate crime charges and the death penalty.

    A Fulton County grand jury indicted Robert Aaron Long, 22, in the March 16 slayings of Suncha Kim, 69; Soon Chung Park, 74; Hyun Jung Grant, 51; and Yong Ae Yue, 63.

    A separate grand jury in Cherokee County indicted Long for a separate shooting there that resulted in the killings of Xiaojie “Emily” Tan, 49; Daoyou Feng, 44; Delaina Yaun, 33; and Paul Michels, 54.

    Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis also filed notice that she intends to seek hate crime charges and the death penalty against Long, who is white.

    The hate crime charges are based on the actual or perceived race, national origin, sex and gender of the four women killed, the notice says.

    There was no immediate filing in online court records in Cherokee County to indicate whether District Attorney Shannon Wallace intends to seek hate crimes charges or the death penalty.

    Georgia’s new hate crimes law does not provide for a stand-alone hate crime.

    After a person is convicted of an underlying crime, a jury must determine whether it’s a hate crime, which carries an additional penalty.

    The Fulton County indictment charges Long with four counts of murder, four counts of felony murder, five counts of assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of domestic terrorism, according to online records.

    The charges in the Cherokee County indictment are related to the shooting at a spa near suburban Woodstock in which four were killed and one person was wounded.

    Those charges include four counts of malice murder, four counts of felony murder, one count of criminal attempt to commit murder, 11 counts of aggravated assault, one count of aggravated battery, one count of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and one count of criminal damage to property.

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